Volunteering abroad not only allows you to experience places and cultures that are completely different from your own; it also provides valuable insights and skills that are a great addition to your resume.
Volunteering can also be seen as a great way to develop and demonstrate new career oriented skills. You may find new areas that you have not previously had the opportunity of exploring and discover an innate ability to thrive in a specific environment. All of this combined can help in positioning yourself for new career prospects in a relatively short amount of time.
Being well cultured is another attribute you’ll be able to add to your already packed list of qualities when you volunteer abroad. Repeatedly, we have participants tell us how much volunteering abroad changed their lives. Participants say they think differently, appreciate the little things they once took for granted, and most of all how unaware they were about how things were in other parts of the world – both the good and the bad. How does this help in the workplace? You’ll be able to approach tasks and projects with the ability to see how it affects everyone, not just you or your immediate department. The ability to see the bigger picture is important to employers and having this characteristic will definitely benefit your resume and make your interview stand out.
Where Does It Go on Your Resume?
Typically, volunteer jobs can go right in with paid jobs, structured the same way (title, dates, brief description, accomplishments). In addition, you should consider mentioning it in either your Objective or Professional Summary.
Nothing screams independence more than jumping on a plane, travelling half way around the world, immersing yourself in a completely new and unknown culture and coming out on top! Employers love this stuff and after such an adventure, you can go into any interview without fear when they ask, “What is one of your greatest achievements?” Travelling to another part of the world and starting a new life while volunteering abroad.